Biwa tea

        For several years, we have been enjoying biwa fruit from our tree in the back. Biwa, for the uninitiated, is a popular but seasonal Japanese fruit called loquat in English. Since loquat is only slightly better known among non-botanists than biwa, and since it is well known in Japan, ¬†I’m sticking […]

  Ate at a restaurant owned by a Taiwanese friend. They started as a tiny shop, gradually took up more space, and are now pretty busy every day and a bit famous. I moved in across the street from them 25 years ago when I was new to Japan, and it’s nice to see they’ve […]

Leaf on rainy day

  Though I have spent most of the last 25 years in Japan, I feel the need to dump my thoughts, ideas, recipes and rants. Some brilliant (I hope) and some stupid (without a doubt, and usually following¬†sake consumption). Food and drink take up a big part of this. Not necessarily Japanese food, but anything […]